Schedule & Program

March 1 – 3, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Ear & Hearing Editorial Board Meeting

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: AAS Executive Board Meeting

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Early Registration 


7:30 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration 

8:00 AM - 11:55 AM: TECHNOLOGY UPDATES (Industry Sponsored Sessions)

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 1

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM First Round

Healthcare Consumerism Trends: Practical Updates for Audiologists
Jill Mecklenburger, AuD, ReSound

A Variable Speed Compressor for All
Francis Kuk, PhD, Widex ORCA-USA

8:30 AM – 8:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 2

9:00 AM – 9:25 AM  First Round

Performance of Interacoustics "Next Generation" ASSR for Pediatric Assessments
Yvonne Sininger, PhD, Interacoustics

Say Hello to Rechargeables Reimagined
Michelle L. Hicks, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

10:00 AM – 10:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 3

10:00 AM – 10:25 AM  First Round

On the Future of Hearing Tech Apps
Annette Mazevski, PhD, Oticon, Inc.

Improvements to VEMP Testing using SmartEP
Rafael Delgado, PhD, Intelligent Hearing Systems

10:30 AM – 10:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM  Technology Updates, Session 4

11:00 AM – 11:25 AM  First Round

Improving Own Voice Satisfaction
Thomas Powers, PhD, Sivantos, Inc.

eAudiology - Bringing Engagement, Ease and Empowerment to Service Provision
Christine Jones, AuD, Phonak

Silver-Zinc Rechargeable Batteries for Hearing Aids: Enabling While Disrupting the Market
Barry Freeman, PhD, Zpower LLC

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM  Repeat of Sessions

11:55 PM - 12:55 PM: Lunch

12:55 PM - 1:00 PM: Poster Session I Setup - Put Up Posters

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM: Opening Comments

Anil Lalwani, MD, AAS President
Robert Burkard, PhD, President-Elect and Program Chair

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM: Translational Research I 

Epigenetics of the Auditory System: Implications for Hearing and Deafness
Prof. Karen B. Avraham, PhD
Vice Dean, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

2:15 PM - 4:50 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION I: Auditory/Vestibular Physiology
Moderator: Rafael Delgado

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM   Changing Relationships between Stimulus-Frequency and Distortion-Product OAEs during Aging (Pod.I.A.)
Carolina Abdala, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM   Influence of High Sound Exposure on Wave I Amplitude in Collegiate Musicians (Pod.I.B.)
Nilesh Washnik, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM   Estimating Audiograms from the ABR for Infant Hearing Aid Fittings (Pod.I.C.)
Marlene Bagatto, PhD, National Centre for Audiology, Western University, London, ON

3:15 PM – 3:35 PM   Toward A Clinical Test Battery for Cochlear Synaptopathy (Pod.I.D.)
Carole Johnson, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM   BREAK

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM   Combined Imaging and Electrophysiology After Cochlear Implantation Assess Neural Integrity (Pod.I.E.)
Fadwa Alnafjan, MS, Hearing Co-operative Research Centre, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Australia

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM   Auditory Brainstem Response Signal-to-Noise Ratio of Tursiops Truncatus (Pod.I.F.)
Robert Burkard, University At Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM   Calcium Dependent Activity in Gravity Receptor Pathways following Otolith Stimulation (Pod.I.G.)
Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

PODIUM SESSION II: Epidemiology and Cognition
Moderator: Kelly Tremblay

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM   Cadmium and Lead and the 10-yr Incidence of Hearing Impairment (Pod.II.A.)
Karen Cruickshanks, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM   Kids Nowadays Hear Better Than We Did (Pod.II.B.)
Robert Dobie, MD, University Of Texas

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM   Prevalence and Factors Associated with Deafness or Serious Difficulty Hearing (Pod.II.C.)
Chuan-Ming Li, PhD, National Institute On Deafness And Other Communication Disorders, Bethesda, MD

3:15 PM – 3:35 PM   Epidemiology of "Hidden Hearing Loss" (Pod.II.D.)
Christopher Spankovich, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM   BREAK

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM   Cognition and Speech-in-Noise Performance: Population-Based Studies (Pod.II.E.)
Jennifer Deal, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM   Ears, Eyes and Mind: The SENSE-Cog Project (Pod.II.F.)
Harvey Abrams, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Lititz, PA

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM   The Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Randomized Control Trial (Pod.II.G.)
Frank Lin, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

PODIUM SESSION III: Hearing Across the Lifespan
Moderator: Charles Limb

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM   Age-Related Temporal Processing Deficits Revealed in Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials (Pod.III.A.)
New Investigator Presentation
Hanin Karawani, PhD, Department Of Hearing And Speech Sciences, University Of Maryland, College Park, MD

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM   Peripheral Auditory Aging in Humans: Different Measures, Different Perspectives (Pod.III.B.)
Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM   Ear-Canal Area Depends on Age and Gender: Applications to WAI Measurements (Pod.III.C.)
Susan Voss, PhD, Smith College, Northampton, MA

3:15 PM – 3:35 PM   Cochlear Implantation in Young Children with Single Sided Deafness: Characteristics and Early Data (Pod.III.D.)
Lisa Park, AuD, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM   BREAK

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM   Phonetic Discrimination in Children Relates to Extended High Frequency Hearing (Pod.III.E.)
Cecilia Nakeva von Mentzer, PhD, Dept. Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM   Psychophysical Tuning Curves in Children and Adults with Differing Histories (Pod.III.F.)
Julie Arenberg, PhD, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM   Mobile Technology for Booth-Less Audiometry in Youth (Pod.III.G.)
Deanna Meinke, PhD, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Carhart Memorial Lecture 

Perspectives on the Diagnosis and Remediation of Auditory Processing Disorders
Harvey Dillon, PhD
Research Consultant, NAL, Sydney, Australia
Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University
Visiting Professor, University of Manchester

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Opening Reception 


7:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Registration

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Young Investigator Research Presentation

A Theoretical and Translational Approach to the Study of Hidden Hearing Loss in Humans: Difficulties and Opportunities
Daniel M. Rasetshwane, PhD
Center for Hearing Research, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Poster Session I Presentations 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Translational Research II

Electrical and Optical Studies of a New Generation Auditory Brainstem Implant
Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School
Director of Pediatric Otology and Neurotology
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM: Poster Session I - Take Down Posters

12:10 PM - 1:20 PM: Awards Luncheon

Membership Update: Anil Lalwani, MD, AAS President
Life Achievement Award: Glenis R. Long, PhD
Ear and Hearing Editor's Award: TBA

1:20 PM - 1:30 PM: Poster Session II Setup - Put Up Posters

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Poster Session II Presentations

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: NIDCD Research Presentation 

NIDCD Funding Opportunities for Students and Young Investigators
Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Student Social Hour

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: AAS Social Event - The Musical Instrument Museum


7:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Translational Research III 

The Perception of Emotional Prosody by Listeners with Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants
Monita Chatterjee, PhD
Boyts Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Podium Presentations

PODIUM SESSION IV: Processing of Complex Stimuli
Moderator: Harvey Abrams

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM     Speech-Evoked Envelope Following Responses Reveal Frequency-Specific Differences in Development (Pod.IV.A.)
New Investigator Presentation
Viji Easwar, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM     Speech Recognition Performance in Older Spanish-English Bilinguals (Pod.IV.B.)
New Investigator Presentation
Jamie Desjardins, PhD, University Of Texas At El Paso, El Paso, TX

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM     Use of Sentential Context During Recognition of Spectrally Degraded Speech (Pod.IV.C.)
Aaron Moberly, MD, The Ohio State University, Department of Otolaryngology, Columbus, OH    

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM     Infants Use Visual Cues to Enhance Speech Perception in Noise (Pod.IV.D.)
Kaylah Lalonde, PhD, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM     REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:55 AM – 11:15 AM     Extended High Frequency Hearing Contributes to Speech Perception in Noise (Pod.IV.E.)
Lina Motlagh Zadeh, MS, University of Cincinnati, OH

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM     Sensing Real-World Environments with Hearing Aids to Understand Listeners' Perception (Pod.IV.F.)
Jingjing Xu, PhD, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie, MN

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM     The Development and Validation of the Speech Quality Instrument (Pod.IV.G.)
Stephanie Chen, MD, Washington University At St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM     Do Earplugs Alter the Intensity or Dynamic Range of Music? (Pod.IV.H.)
Vishakha Rawool, PhD, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

PODIUM SESSION V: Hearing Assessment & Tinnitus
Moderator: Pat Feeney

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM     Wideband Reflectance and Electrically Evoked Stapedial Reflexes Following Cochlear Implantation (Pod.V.A.)
New Investigator Presentation
Rachel Scheperle, PhD, Montclair State University, Bloomfield, NJ

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM     Middle Ear Muscle Contractions are not Dependable Hearing Protection (Pod.V.B.)
Gregory Flamme, PhD, Sasrac, Forest Grove, OR

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM     Evaluating the Fixed-Level Frequency Test (FLFT) as a Clinical Measure of High-Frequency Hearing (Pod.V.C.)
Douglas S. Brungart, PhD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM     Use of Photovoice for Audiological Outcome Measurement and Rehabilitation (Pod.V.D.)
Gabrielle Saunders, PhD, National Center For Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, OR

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM     REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:55 AM – 11:15 AM     Tinnitus and Hidden Hearing Loss After Noise Exposure (Pod.V.E.)
Naomi Bramhall, PhD, Va Rr&d, NCRAR, Portland, OR

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM     Electrophysiology and Behavior After Noise (Pod.V.F.)
Serena Dann, AuD, National Center For Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Va Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM     New Bimodal Neuromodulation Treatment for Tinnitus in 326 Patients (Pod.V.G.)
Hubert Lim, PhD, Neuromod Devices Ltd, Dublin, Ireland

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM     Audiologic Management of Patients Reporting Tinnitus (Pod.V.H.)
James Henry, PhD, Va Rr&d National Center For Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, OR

PODIUM SESSION VI: Auditory Prostheses
Moderator: Rene Gifford

9:15 AM – 9:35 AM     Further Evaluation of a Consumer-Decides Hearing-Aid Provision Model (Pod.VI.A.)
Larry Humes, PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM     An Observational Approach to Understanding Hearing Aid Success (Pod.VI.B.)
Kelly Tremblay, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

9:55 AM – 10:15 AM     Re-Routing Options for Overcoming Severe-to-Profound Unilateral Hearing Loss in Classrooms (Pod.VI.C.)
Erin Picou, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

10:15 AM – 11:35 AM     Advanced Digital Hearing Aids and Mild Loss: Outcomes and Self-Efficacy (Pod.VI.D.)
Carole Johnson, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM     REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:55 AM – 11:15 AM     Open Portable Platform For Hearing Aid Research (Pod.VI.E.)
Hendrik Kayser, PhD, Medizinische Physik And Cluster Of Excellence "hearing4all", University Of Oldenburg & Hrtech Ggmbh, Oldenburg, Germany

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM     Utilizing 3D Scanning Techniques to Investigate Ear Canal Dynamics (Pod.VI.F.)
Elizabeth Eskridge, AuD, Earlens Corporation, Menlo Park, CA

11:35 AM – 11:55 PM     Singing with Cochlear Implants (Pod.VI.G.)
Justin Aronoff, PhD, University Of Illinois At Urbana-champaign, Champaign, IL

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM     Are the Noisier Speech Regions the Most Detrimental to Intelligibility? (Pod.VI.H.)
Frederic Apoux, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM: Poster Session II - Take Down Posters

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:50 PM: Special Session: Neuroplasticity

Restoring Central Auditory Processing After Hearing Loss
Daniel Polley, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Restoring Cortical Inhibition Improves Perception Following Early Hearing Loss
Dan H. Sanes, PhD
Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY

Neural Plasticity and its Initiating Conditions in Tinnitus
Larry E. Roberts, PhD
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM: Summary and Adjournment